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Smoke Eaters Captain Braeden Tuck Commits To Sacred Heart University

Photo by Mike Hockley

The Trail Smoke Eaters Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club is pleased to announce forward Braeden Tuck (’98) has committed to Sacred Heart University for the 2019/20 season. 

Tuck, 20, is in his third season as a member of the Smoke Eaters, playing in 121 career regular season games while registering 31 goals and 48 assists for 79 points including 16 penalty minutes during that span. The 6’0”, 170-pound forward has also had a strong impact in the postseason, collecting six goals and 10 assists for 16 points in 26 career playoff games. 

The Calgary, Alberta native spent a season with the Osoyoos Coyotes of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) before his time in Trail, scoring 28 goals and 33 assists for 61 points in 50 games. Tuck has displayed tremendous leadership qualities as well, being named as team captain prior to the 2018/19 season.

“Thank you to everyone in the Trail Smoke Eaters organization and everyone who has helped me get to this point,” said Smoke Eaters captain Braeden Tuck, “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I am excited for the future.”

“Our entire organization couldn’t be more of proud of Braeden for signing a NCAA Division I scholarship,” commented Smoke Eaters General Manager and Head Coach Jeff Tambellini, “He is the leader of our team on and off the ice and his skill set, character and determination will make him an outstanding college hockey player.” 

Sacred Heart University is a Division I program based out of Fairfield, Connecticut and enrolls 3,500 students. The Men’s Hockey team plays their games out of the Atlantic Hockey Division and calls the Webster Bank Arena home, which seats 8,525. The Pioneers are coached by C.J. Marotollo, who is in his 9th season behind the bench. 

Tuck and the Smoke Eaters are back in action tonight as they travel to the Okanagan to face-off against the Vernon Vipers from Kal Tire Place. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. with the pre-game show getting underway at 6:50 p.m. on mixlr.com/trail-smoke-eaters as well as HockeyTV.com with the Voice of the Smoke Eaters, Trevor Miller.